Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy) aims to clean, shape and fill the entire root canal of a tooth. A root canal infection can be caused by several things, including decay, injury and possibly also gum disease. Root canal treatment can repair your damaged tooth without it having to be removed....
Why have root canal treatment?
Your teeth have a core of blood vessels and nerves at their centre. This living tissue is called the pulp and is in a space called the root canal...
There are a number of ways that a tooth's pulp can be damaged. These include : -
* Gum disease
Endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits and involves the following steps : -
The endodontist examines and x-rays the tooth, then administers local anesthetic. After the tooth is numb, the endodontist places a small protective sheet called a “dental dam” over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure......
After the procedure
You may find that you have some discolouring in the tooth that has been treated, although this is less common now as techniques have advanced. However, if your tooth does discolour, you may be able to have treatment to correct it....
What are the risks?
It's unlikely that you will have any further problems following root canal treatment. However, if your tooth does become infected again, your dentist can repeat the procedure, although the rate of success is reduced with subsequent treatments...
What are the complications associated with root canal treatment?
* Breaking off of the dental instruments or files in the root canal while cleaning the pulp chamber. This can be removed later but only by a specialised endodontist.
* Infection as a result of incomplete treatment or filling as a result of the root canals being complex or not being detected on the X-ray....
What are the symptoms of pulp nerve damage?
There are several common symptoms of pulp nerve damage. Each individual may experience the symptoms differently. These symptoms may include : -
* pain in the tooth when biting down
* tooth pain while chewing...
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